White Oleander

A New Musical Adaptation

by Alex Ratner and Eric Sirakian

Poster of White Oleander

Book by Eric Sirakian ‘15Music & Lyrics by Alex Ratner ‘14+1Directed by Leora Morris YSD ‘16Tickets available at whiteoleanderboxoffice@gmail.com.A Senior Project in American Studies for Alex RatnerBased on Janet Fitch’s 1999 novel of the same name.Los Angeles, early 1990s. When Ingrid Magnussen, a beautiful, imperious poet, receives a life sentence for murdering her lover, her adolescent daughter Astrid begins a four-year journey of self-discovery within the L.A. foster care system. A true chameleon, Astrid transforms under the influence of each of her foster mothers as she simultaneously distances herself from Ingrid, a rising celebrity from behind bars, said to be martyred for her strength. With a driving score rooted in the pop/rock musical world of sunny southern California, WHITE OLEANDER is one part mother-daughter drama, one part platform for the voice of the foster kid in America, and one part reflection on the age-old questions: How much do we owe to our parents? How much do we owe to ourselves?

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Performance Dates & Times

April 16, 2015 - 8:00pm

April 17, 2015 - 8:00pm

April 18, 2015 - 2:00pm

April 18, 2015 - 8:00pm


Hopper Cabaret

Venue Accessibility: 
Building, main lobby, and facilities are accessible via an exterior-entry elevator just inside the Elm Street gate. Venue is accessible from the lobby via a wheelchair lift.


Astrid Magnussen
Ingrid Magnussen
Claire Richards/Linda
Olivia Johnstone/Susan D. Valeris
Starr Thomas/Debby
Barry Kolker/Uncle Ray/Ron Richards
Carolee Thomas/Yvonne
Marvel Turlock
Paul Trout

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